Modern parents are faced with various challenges during their child’s development. This article explores healthy sleeping routines for babies and toddlers during the major stages of their development.
Major Stages of Development
The following age groups will give parents an indication of how to adapt their child’s sleeping schedule according to the major stages of development. There are also a number of sleeping hours recommended for each age group.
Age 0 – 5 Months
Newborn babies require at least 15 to 16 hours of sleep. The total amount of sleep includes naps during the daytime, but it is not unhealthy or uncommon for newborn babies to sleep more than 16 hours in a 24-hour day. This is the most vulnerable stage of development and where every minute of sleep plays a vital role in the child’s development.
Age 6 – 12 Months
During this stage of development, babies are required to get a minimum of 14 hours of sleep for healthy development. Parents should aim to have a well-established nighttime and daytime sleep routine at around 9 months of age. This will also help to combat the symptoms of sleep regression.
Age 12 – 36 Months
Studies show that a positive bedtime routine will help toddlers get ready for bed. Whether a parent needs to induce a 23 month old sleep schedule or decides to lay down some ground rules for a 3-year-old’s bedtime, it is vital for a parent to instill a healthy bedtime routine for their children.
Toddlers should sleep between 11 and 14 hours per 24-hour day. Committing to a healthy sleep schedule will encourage healthy development.
Follow these guidelines about the recommended hours of sleep for babies and toddlers during different stages of development. Consult a pediatrician for more advice on devising an optimum sleeping schedule for your child.